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Healthy Vegan Hoppin’ John

Healthy Vegan Hoppin’ John

Happy New Year!
Let’s set out into this new year on a healthy foot! Below is an excellent way to do that. If you’re looking for a truly healthy spin on an old tradition, here is my vegan take on the Southern New Years Day favorite, Hoppin John. What the heck is Hoppin John?

According to Wikipedia, “In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas or Hoppin’ John (a traditional soul food) on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year.[4] The peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, fatback, ham bones, or hog jowls) and diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar. The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.[5] Cornbread, which represents gold, also often accompanies this meal.In the Southern United States, eating black-eyed peas or Hoppin’ John (a traditional soul food) on New Year’s Day is thought to bring prosperity in the new year.[4] The peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, fatback, ham bones, or hog jowls) and diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar. The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion.[5] Cornbread, which represents gold, also often accompanies this meal.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_pea)

Healthy Vegan Hoppin' John

Hoppin' John is a Southern Favorite. Especially on New Years Day! This is a Healthy Vegan twist and wow... it is delicious!

Servings 9 people
Author kacyhulme

Ingredients

  • 1 medium White Onion chopped (or 1- 1 1/2 cups of chopped onion)
  • 4 cloves  Garlic chopped (or about 2 1/2 Tbsp of chopped)
  • 1 whole Green Bell Pepper chopped
  • 1 whole Red Bell pepper
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes or about 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 3 cups Collard Greens
  • 3 stalks Celery chopped
  • 4 cups Black-eyed Peas I used 2 full cans
  • 5 cups  Low-sodium Veg Broth or 2 bouillion cubes and 5 cups of water
  • dash Salt and Pepper or about 1/2 tsp or so
  • dash Cayenne Pepper or about 1/2 tsp or so
  • 2 Tablespoons  White Vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large pot on the stovetop over medium-high heat, pour in 1 cup of the vegetable broth or 1 cup water and 1 bouillon.

  2. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, celery.

    Healthy Vegan Hoppin' John
  3. Stir and cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Then add in everything else - the 4 cups water, the second bouillon or the veg broth if you're using that, the beans, collard greens, tomatoes, salt, pepper and cayenne.

    Healthy Vegan Hoppin' John
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover for 20 minutes.
    Healthy Vegan Hoppin' John
  6. Once 20 minutes have passed, stir in vinegar. Taste for flavor and add additional seasonings if needed.
  7. Serve over brown rice or add about 3 cups of cooked rice into the mixture just before serving.
    Healthy Vegan Hoppin' John

Adapted from http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/hoppin-john/

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